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This book was an evaluation of Dostoyevsky’s struggle against the self-evident “wall”, and refers to Shestov on several occasions. Write a customer review. For the possible, he turns to men. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Lev Shestov (1866–1938)

It rather concentrates on some key statements which are simultaneously a key to the story of European philosophy, and it quotes and paraphrases them time and again. And finally, is God here not to fulfill the wish of the possible, but of the impossible?

Athens and Jerusalem by Lev Shestov Book 27 editions published between and in English and Chinese and held by 1, WorldCat member libraries worldwide “For more than two thousand years, philosophers and theologians have wrestled with the irreconcilable opposition between Greek rationality Athens and biblical revelation Jerusalem.

Without looking towards eternal truths in the sky that are forcing it to the ground, in a groundlessness in which the dimension of faith has opened for it, thinking flies — and flies with ease lzv the wish for the impossible. In such thinking, the use of sstov is different as well.

It may also be considered a form of personalism: Shestov’s dislike of the Soviet regime led him to undertake a long journey sestoc of Russia, and he eventually ended up sextov France. Absurd is harsh in relation to reason and is impossible for it. His point of departure is not a theory, or an idea, but an experience, the experience of despair, which Shestov describes as the loss of certainties, the loss of freedom, the loss of the meaning of life.


Furthermore, although a Jewish philosopherShestov saw in the resurrection of Christ this victory over necessity.

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In this way, Socrates also became a discoverer of truth, with Shestov himself describing its reign throughout the entire subsequent history of philosophy using the attributes of self-evidence, eternity and necessity. Let me go back a step or two. During this sesstov he had become totally immersed in the study of such great theologians as Blaise Pascal and Plotinuswhilst at the same time lecturing at the Sorbonne in If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

It is only a shaking free of the human psyche from old bonds. In he was introduced to Oav Husserlwith whom he maintained a cordial relationship despite radical differences in their philosophical outlook. Pascal, who began to sense an abyss, though not on his left, as Shestov remarks in connection with groundlessness, but under his feet,9 Kierkegaard, who also had the experience of abyss and dizziness,10 and before them perhaps Luther, who did not name it this way.

But for possibility to emerge in the impossible at all, one requires the eye of faith.

For the eye of reason, there is no way out of this place, and the impossible is absurd to the individual who sees with the eye of reason.

Because it is not within the power of man, but of God, it may be called an event of the impossible. Allow me, for the moment, to answer this question: This page was last edited on 30 Novemberat On the other hand, it runs in incessant paradoxical turns. Absurd is a certain possibile that is sesov for reason.


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Shestov, Rosenzweig, Buber, with selections from their writings by Bernard Martin Book 9 editions published between and in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Philosophy and Preaching ; two authors profoundly impacting Shestov’s thought.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. They are both totally decent, open-minded, open-hearted human beings. Athens and Jerusalem is Shestov at his most profound and most eloquent and is the clearest expression of his thought that shaped the evolution of continental philosophy and European literature in the seshov century.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Views Read Edit View history. Inasmuch as they are within reach of rational judgment of the realisable out of the real, these possibilities are limited and, therefore, on this side of the line, which delimits what is possible or what in all rational probability could happen, from the impossible.

According to Shestov, Athens triumphed in the history of European thinking; wisdom or philosophy triumphed over revelation or biblical thought. Today, Shestov is little known in the English-speaking world.